Connecting to Digital Signage Management Tools
How to connect to ACES digital signage management tools (FourWinds)
Connecting to Signs
Signs are managed using the Four Winds Interactive software that is hosted on a Technology Services terminal server.
Note: You must be given access by Technology Services in order to connect to and use this software.
To begin, use an RDP client such as Windows Remote Desktop to open a connection to the server.
Go to the Start menu and type in "Remote Desktop Connection". The program should appear at the top.
The address of the server is
The server uses standard campus Active Directory credentials in the format UOFI\NetID. On first login, a user profile will be created.
If this is your first time connecting to the server you'll need to follow the directions below to configure Content Manager and configure it.
1. Launch FWi Content Manager by double-clicking the icon on the desktop. It's labeled “Content Manager Desktop”
2. Wait for the program to launch and then close it.
3. Double-click the "FWi Setup" icon on the desktop
4. A window will pop up and eventually prompt you for a response. Type "Y" followed by hitting <enter>. The window will close when it's finished running.
You're now ready to use FWi Content Manger! You can reopen Content Manager to start editing your sign(s).
Upon login to the terminal server, a drive "S:\" will be mapped to the digital signage fileshare mentioned earlier. Access to the folders within the fileshare is based upon the departmental signage security groups.
Having a common source for content file is very important to content management as it will ensure that each user within a given department has access to the EXACT same files and directory structures as one another and as is listed in the FWi database for each department.
In order to place content for use in a sign users may want to connect to the digital signage file share directly from there workstation. To do this they can use the following path along with there Campus AD credentials.
For PC users: \\digisign-fs.cites.illinois.edu\data\College of ACES\
For Mac users: smb://digisign-fs.cites.illinois.edu\data\College of ACES\
***The attached document was used to create to this page and includes more complete information about managing digital signs.